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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: INFRA-2013-3.1 | Award Amount: 485.61K | Year: 2014

CIVIC EPISTEMOLOGIES will develop and validate a Roadmap for e-Infrastructures development to support the participation of Europes citizens in scientific research, focusing on Digital Cultural Heritage and digital Humanities (DCHH). The partners are committed to the values of open data, open source and open innovation. ICT are powerful drivers of creativity, but parts of the creative and cultural sectors lack technical know-how. Humanities scholarship, too, is not yet taking full advantage of ICT to engage with wider audiences. New skills are needed in our changing society, to enable us to grasp employment and commercial opportunities. CIVIC EPISTEMOLOGIES indicates practical ways to overcome obstacles, unlock opportunities and lead to economic and social benefits. The project will undertake an analysis of the needs of researchers, citizens and research/cultural institutions, on which it will base a new Roadmap for use by policy-makers; a Pilot and case studies will validate its proposals; a strong communication and dissemination programme will ensure widespread impact for the project findings. A durable network of common interest will connect cultural institutions, research bodies, creative industries, e-infrastructures and citizens associations. The education sector will be encouraged to create research-rich services within the curriculum and through informal learning, lifelong learning and Continuing Professional Development. Research institutions will be encouraged to establish clear protocols for citizens engagement and shared research goals where achievable. The project will support Horizon2020, in which cultural heritage and social sciences and humanities are embedded across the programme, the Digital Agenda for Europe and the European Agenda for Skills and Jobs.Critically, the Roadmap will offer support for improved social cohesion arising from the sharing by Europes citizens of their knowledge and understanding of their common and individual cultures.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: INFRA-2012-3.3. | Award Amount: 967.40K | Year: 2012

Digital Cultural Heritage-DCH is producing a large amount of digital content that need to be safely stored, permanently accessed and easily re-used by the humanities researchers. The vision for the next two decades is to implement a federated infrastructure dedicated to support the application of open science in the arts and the humanities. Preservation is the first priority.National digitization programmes address the issue of the preservation in a separate manner, while a shared implementation of common e-infrastructure layers could be beneficial and cost effective.DCH-RP is a coordination action whose main expected outcome is a validated Roadmap for the implementation of a preservation federated e-infrastructure for DCH. Such infrastructure will exploit the facilities offered by the research infrastructures, namely by NREN, Grid Initiatives and the newer data infrastructures.DCH-RP builds upon the knowledge generated by the DC-NET ERA-NET and the INDICATE, two pioneer projects for DCH e-infrastructures where many of the DCH-RP partners participate. Preservation is the first priority in the DC-NET Joint Activities Plan and was investigated within the INDICATE Use Case Studies.DCH-RP also builds upon other many successfully completed and ongoing initiatives, with particular regard to those who address the theme of the preservation with cross-disciplinary strategies (e.g. SCIDIP-ES and EUDAT).DCH-RP does not deal with digitisation and will not perform a technical development itself, which is instead a matter for national and regional programmes. DCH-RP will design a Roadmap to be executed within future implementation projects. DCH-RP will explore: how to harmonise data preservation policies in the DCH sector at European and international level; how to progress with the dialogue among DCH institutions, e-Infrastructures, research and private organisations; governance, maintenance and sustainability models.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-1 | Award Amount: 1.44M | Year: 2010

Objective of HarmoSearch is to leverage the use of an existing mediation and harmonisation service for the European tourism market, called Harmonise, by adding new components of clear market value addressing specific user needs. The current version of Harmonise, Harmonise 2.0, is an online service to exchange data with others partners without the need to change the local data schema. Research work is needed to develop an (semi-) automatic mapping tool, which allows users to generate mappings without any technological knowledge or mapping skills, and a semantic meta-search component, based on a semantic registry, to addresses scientific issues like mapping of search queries and intelligent routing to appropriate data sources. HarmoSearch is based on the work of past projects and activities, like Harmonise (IST 2000-29329), Harmo-TEN (eTEN C510828), a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA 15992:2009 E), activities of the non-profit HarmoNET association, the euromuse.net project (eTEN C046229) and portals like e.g. VisitEurope.com. This project brings together five SME partners with a history in the domain and of which some have already made investments in the Harmonise system in the past. They would benefit from a broader use of the Harmonise system in general, but each partner also brings a specific need in addition. Even in a conservative business model, carefully evaluating future incomes, the project could generate additional sales on a five year horizon doubling the total project volume and exceeding the investment needed by SME partners for this project. Not considering the overall positive impact on the European tourism market by overcoming technical obstacles for new and improved services. Project results are first of all the ownership of the SME partners, while RTD partners have the right to use knowledge for their research work and other partners may use the outcomes for their networks (HarmoNET and euromuse.net).

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CPCSA | Phase: ICT-2013.11.2 | Award Amount: 4.76M | Year: 2014

Memory institutions are facing increasing transfers of electronic documents and other media content for long term preservation. Preservation models are often inspired by ISO 14721:2003, known as the OAIS model, where transfers and preservation are built on information packages containing both data and metadata. \n\nData are normally stored in specific file formats for documents, images, sound, video etc. that are produced by software from different vendors. Even if the transferred files are in standard formats, the implementation of standards cannot be guaranteed. The software implementing standards for the production of the electronic files is not in control neither by the institutions that produces them nor by the memory institutions. Conformance tests of transfers are done, but are not totally reliable. This poses problems in long-term preservation. Data objects meant for preservation, passing through an uncontrolled generative process, can jeopardise the whole preservation exercise.\n\nThe overall intention of PREFORMA project is to research critical factors in the quality of standard implementation in order to establish a long-term sustainable ecosystem around developed tools with a variety of stakeholder groups. The tools should be innovative and provide a reference implementation of the most common file format standards for the assessment of the collections to be archived and for the correction of the collections.\n\nPREFORMA will target a wide digital preservation community, by providing specifications and feedback to developers, standard bodies and memory institutions.\n\nThe pre-commercial-procurement (PCP), following the rules for tenders in public sector, will match the memory institutions professional knowledge and the suppliers skills in development and promotion of products and create a win-win situation. Joint procurement will enable PREFORMA to build a sustainable network of common interest, where the public procurers can remain in contact and cooperate beyond the EC funding period.\n\nResults will be broadly disseminated during the projects life time and summed up at a final conference.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SSH.2013.5.2-2 | Award Amount: 3.01M | Year: 2013

For many in 21st century Europe, Cultural Heritage (CH) is more about what it is than who we are: though enormously rich, this treasure is often locked away, or crumbling, or in a foreign language, or about a past which to many people - young , old, newcomers to Europe and settled inhabitants - seems of little relevance. But this is changing. As digital technologies permeate all of society, compelling us to rethink how we do everything, we ask questions: how can CH institutions renew and remake themselves? How should an increasingly diverse society use our CH? How may the move from analogue to digital represent a shift from traditional hierarchies of CH to more fluid, decentred practices? How, then, can the EU citizen, alone or as part of a community, play a vital co-creative role? What are the limitations of new technologies in representing and promoting CH? How can CH become closer to its audiences of innovators, skilled makers, curators, artists, economic actors? How can CH be a force in the new EU economy? RICHES will research answers to these questions by drawing together 10 partners from 6 EU countries and Turkey, experts from cultural institutions, public and national administrations, SMEs, the humanities and social sciences. Its interdisciplinary team will research the context of change in which European CH is transmitted, its implications for future CH practices, and the frameworks - cultural, legal, financial, educational, technical - to be put in place for the benefit of all audiences and communities in the digital age. RICHES will employ traditional and innovative research methods and tools; case studies will focus on copyright/IPR, the commoditisation of CH, performance-based CH; evidence-based reports, recommendations and guidelines will be produced for use by policy-makers, national agencies and CH practitioners. A rich dissemination programme including two major international conferences will ensure that the project has maximum outreach and impact.

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